Ipsy Glam Bag February 2016

Hello, everybody!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. As promised last week, here is the Ipsy unboxing!

For those of you who don’t know, Ipsy is a makeup subscription service. You fill out a simple questionnaire about things like skin type, hair color, etc. Then they’ll send you a bag of products every month that’s tailored to your specific wants and needs. It’s only $10 a month and you get 5 products to try and a new makeup bag. Generally they send a good variety of deluxe sample size as well as full size products. You can review the products you receive to earn points that you can redeem for free products. Go here to subscribe!

Alright! Let’s get into it!

 

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This month’s makeup bag has a pixelated image of an envelope with a heart on it. Pixelated images are fairly trendy right now and with the heart it was really appropriate for February. The bags are usually more on the small side so that can be a bummer for some people.

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This was my favorite item I received in this bag. I’ve been seeing this advertised and was planning on buying it. For all those people with dry skin, this is a magical product. I’ve used it a couple times and I can tell you that it makes your foundation look amazing!

Oil as a primer isn’t a new concept. I’ve used coconut oil in the same way for a long time. And stars like Marilyn Monroe would use things like petroleum jelly under her foundation to give her that youthful healthy glow.

The full sized product is $42/1 oz, so it is on the pricey side. But if you want to splurge, I feel like this is worth it!

Find it here Smashbow Photo Finish Primer Oil

 
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Next out of the bag was a duo fiber brush by Luxie. It has a pink handle and a rose gold ferrule. It’s very soft and dense. It seems like it’s good quality. The bristles are synthetic and coated in an antibacterial solution… I’m not entirely sure how the solution stays on through the washing process but it sounds interesting.

This isn’t terribly expensive coming in at $12. Find it here Luxie Beauty Definer Brush

 
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I’d never heard of the brand Perfectly Posh before I pulled this out of the bag. It’s a peppermint grapefruit facial scrub. An interesting scent combo but it smells incredible! I wouldn’t use it everyday because the grit in it is quite heavy so it could leave your skin a bit stripped. However, it’s good to use scrubs like these every few days to deep clean as well as exfoliate your skin.

Full sized product $21. Find it here Perfectly Posh BFF Best Face Forever

 
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This eyeliner doesn’t look like much. It’s a very small sample size and kind of disappointing looking when you first pull it out of the bag. Buuuuut it looks so nice in your waterline! It brightens the eyes without looking over dramatic. I wore this to an event the other night and it was still there when I got home so I would say the wear time is pretty good.

The full size product is $20 and you can find it here Paula Dorf Eyeliner in Baby Eyes Enhancer

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The final product in the bag was this Chella lipstick. I thought from the packaging that this was going to be a bright cherry red color but it swatches a lot more like a berry tone. It’s creamy and very pigmented. I also wore this the other night and it looked really lovely. It didn’t feather and it seemed to wear off nicely and not go all blotchy.

Full sized product $18. Find it here Chella Lipstick in Passionate Pink

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll talk to you next week!

Stay beautiful!

Lizzie

Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup and Streusel Topping

Happy National Pancake Week!

I had originally intended on doing an Ipsy unboxing today but decided to move it to next week in lieu of celebrating pancakes. Because who doesn’t love a good pancake?! This is not a healthy recipe by any means. It’s full of fat, carbs, and sugary goodness. This recipe will make about 6-8 pancakes depending on how big you make them.

If anyone else has a good pancake recipe, please share it in the comments down below so everyone can try it. Let the pancake feasting begin!

Lizzie


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Pecan Streusel

  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. almond flour
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 3/4 c. pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350* F. In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix until well combined. Place in a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread the mixture evenly. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool then break into pieces.


 

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Blueberry Syrup

  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 c. water
  • 1 1/2 c. blueberries
  • Juice of 1 lemon

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat on a medium heat until mixture starts to bubble. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add blueberries and lemon juice and simmer for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and gently simmer for 10-15 more minutes until syrup thickens slightly. Keep warm.


 

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Pancakes

  • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 T. butter, melted

Combine flour, almond flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. Stir together milk, vanilla, butter, and egg. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients. It’s alright if there are a few lumps, you don’t want to over mix it!

Heat your skillet to a medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon some pancake batter onto the pan. When bubbles rise to the surface of the pancake, give it a flip and cook until browned.

Serve your pancakes warm with butter, blueberry syrup, streusel, and whipped cream. Enjoy!

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How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

Hello beauties!

Cleaning your makeup brushes is a thing that sometimes gets overlooked. When I was first getting into makeup, I had no idea where to start when it came to cleaning them. So I hope some of you find this helpful.

Why should you wash your makeup brushes? Aside from the obvious makeup build up. Your brushes pick up oil and bacteria from your face as well as dead skin cells. If you keep using the same dirty brush, you’re likely to get eye infections and breakouts. Working with a clean brush will also help you apply your makeup better.

How often should you wash your makeup brushes? This depends on how often you’re using them. But as a general rule, spot clean them once or twice a week and deep clean them once a month. (Need a good spot cleaner? Try one of these: Pro Hygiene Makeup Brush Cleaner, Mary Kay Brush Cleaner)

What do you use to wash your brushes? There are a variety brush cleaners on the market. Some people just use hand soap, shampoo, or dish soap. I like to use a mixture of baby shampoo and coconut oil or a mixture of dish soap and coconut oil. The coconut oil helps to condition your brushes as well as break down the makeup.


 

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To make brush cleaner mix 4 parts baby shampoo OR dish detergent to 1 part coconut oil. Store in a squeeze bottle so it’s easier to use.


Now that we know why and what let’s learn how. Here are a couple of things to remember before we start:

  • DON’T use super hot water. This could melt the glue in the ferrule that’s holding the bristles together.
  • DON’T dry your brush with the bristles in the air. Again water and such will leak down the ferrule and loosen the bristles.
  • DO make sure to rinse your brushes thoroughly. You don’t want to be rubbing leftover shampoo or dish detergent into your face.

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Begin by dampening your brush with warm water. Next place a small amount of brush cleaner into the palm of your hand. Work the cleaner into the brush using circular motions. Follow up by rinsing the brush thoroughly. You may need to repeat these steps if the brush is very dirty.

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Gently squeeze the bristles to remove excess water. Then towel dry the brush using circular motions. Place it down flat to finish drying on a clean towel. I leave mine overnight to make sure they’re completely dry.

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As a final step, take a paper towel spritzed with some rubbing alcohol and wipe down the handles of the brushes.

Aaaaaaand you’re done! Your brushes are an investment. Take good care of them and they’ll last for many, many years. I hope you all have a very happy Monday!

Stay beautiful!

Lizzie

Red Maca Root Smoothie Recipe

Good morning, beauties!

Let’s take a minute to talk about Maca Root. Maca Root has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years and it’s easy to see why. It’s absolutely loaded with health benefits. Everything from assisting with regulating hormone imbalance, reducing stress and anxiety, helping your complexion, preventing hair loss, reducing or preventing osteoporosis, etc. (If you want to know more about the benefits of Maca Root Powder you can read about it here: https://www.themacateam.com/maca-benefits)

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Wow! That all sounds awesome! Let’s all eat Maca Root, right? Well… to be perfectly honest, it isn’t my favorite flavor. It’s a bit like malt but not nearly as tasty. It took some getting used to. But I found by adding Maca into these smoothies it makes it pretty pleasant to consume. You can switch up the fruit to what you like and what’s in season. Sometimes I add sweetener if the fruit is very sour. I hope you enjoy!

Stay beautiful!

Lizzie


Red Maca Root Smoothie
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Ingredients:

  • 1 c. frozen fruit (today I used a combination of bananas and raspberries)
  • 1 c. fresh fruit (today I used strawberries)
  • 2 c. almond milk
  • 1-3 t. Red Maca powder
  • 1-2 T. honey or agave syrup, optional
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon, optional

Place everything into a blender and blend until smooth.

 

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Natural St. Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial

Greetings my beauties!

Saint Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Whether you have a date with that special someone or just a night out with the girls this look is sure to help you look and feel your best!

A complete list of products is at the end of the post.

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Remember to start with clean moisturized skin!

Using a dense buffing brush, begin working foundation into the skin using small circular motions.

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Moving on to the eyes apply a champagne colored primer to help the eye shadows set better. Next sweep a shimmering pink shadow over the mobile lid blending the edge so there won’t be any harsh lines. Follow by blending a light taupe colored shade through the crease and underneath the lower lash line. Using a light shimmering shade, highlight the inner corner of your eye as well as your brow bone.

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Line your lower lash line with a gold colored eyeliner. Keep the color towards the outer third of your eye to help open up your eyes. (Using a lighter color will help to keep the look soft and more natural looking.) Use a charcoaled colored eye shadow to line your upper lash line. Keep it thin and really close to the lashes. This will create the illusion of fuller lashes.

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Apply a fair amount of mascara to the upper and lower lashes. Comb through them to prevent clumping. Next comb your eyebrows so they look well groomed. Use a pencil to fill in any sparse areas in your brows using small hair like strokes. Then comb through your brows once more to soften the look.

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Clean up any shadow fall down with whatever foundation is left on your brush. Follow up by using concealer to cover any *blemishes or redness you may have. Use a small amount of powder to set your foundation and concealer. (If you have very dry skin, you may wish to skip the powder.)

*To conceal a blemish take a small brush and dip it in some concealer. (Make sure you don’t dip directly into the container or you’ll contaminate the entire product!) Next dab the  majority of the concealer directly on to your blemish. Using whatever product is left on the brush blend it into the area surrounding the blemish being careful not to move the product off the blemish.

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Smile! It’s time for blush! Dust a bright pink blush over the apples of your cheeks for a healthy flush. Next take a rosy lipstick shade and blend it into your lips. And…

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Voilà! You’re done! No matter what you’re up to this St. Valentine’s Day, I hope you all have a wonderful time.

Stay beautiful!

Lizzie

 

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Products used:

Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge http://www.clinique.com/product/1687/20522/Skin-Care/Moisturizers/Moisture-Surge-Intense-Skin-Fortifying-Hydrator

Foundation: Rimmel Clean Finish in 120 Ivory http://www.walmart.com/ip/Rimmel-Clean-Finish-Foundation-Ivory/21779212

Concealer: Elf Cosmetics All Over Cover Stick in Ivory 3205 http://www.elfcosmetics.com/p/all-over-cover-stick

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent http://www.walmart.com/ip/Rimmel-Stay-Matte-Pressed-Powder-Transparent-001-0.49-oz-Pack-of-2/46223097

Lip Stick: Bella Pierre Cosmetics in the color P.I.N.K. http://www.bellapierre.com/shop/mineral-lipstick.html

Eye Shadow Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Champagne http://www.sephora.com/shadow-insurance-champagne-eye-shadow-primer-P381168?keyword=TOO%20FACED%20Shadow%20Insurance%20Champagne%20Eye%20Shadow%20Primer%20P381168&skuId=1533637&_requestid=211615

Eye Shadows: Em Cosmetics Life Palette- Night Life. Colors used: Sweet dessert, a` la carte, Twinkle Twinkle, and Table for Two. Unfortunately when I used this palette, I didn’t realize it was no longer available. Any shadows of similar colors will do.

Blush: Em Cosmetics Life Palette- Night Life. Color used: Wink, Wink Pink

Mascara: Smashbox Full Exposure in Jet Black http://www.sephora.com/full-exposure-mascara-P284701?keyword=SMASHBOX%20Full%20Exposure%20Mascara%20P284701&skuId=1315902&_requestid=210646

Eyebrow Pencil: OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil http://www.ofracosmetics.com/products/universal-eyebrow-pencil

Eyeliner: The Balm Cosmetics  Mr. Write (Now) in Bronze http://www.thebalm.com/mr-write-now.html

 

Brushes Used:

Foundation: Real Techniques Buffing Brush http://www.walmart.com/ip/DISCONTINUED-REAL-TECHNIQUES-CORE-COLLECTION/40715680

Powder: MAC 136- I think they no longer make this brush as I couldn’t find it anywhere. But I’ll include a link for one that looks rather similar. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13805/37658/Products/Brushes-Tools/Brushes/Face-Brushes/129-SE-PowderBlush-Brush-MAC-Ellie-Goulding

Blush: Real Techniques Contour Brush http://www.walmart.com/ip/DISCONTINUED-REAL-TECHNIQUES-CORE-COLLECTION/40715680

Eyebrow: Mary Kay Eyeliner/Eyebrow Brush http://www.marykay.com/en-US/Makeup/Tools/Brushes/Mary-Kay-Brush-Collection/170311.partId?eCatId=10650

Eye Shadow Primer: Mary Kay Eye Definer Brush http://www.marykay.com/en-US/Makeup/Tools/Brushes/Mary-Kay-Brush-Collection/170311.partId?eCatId=10650

Eye Shadows: Real Techniques Base Shadow brush http://www.amazon.com/Real-Techniques-RLT-1406-real-Starter/dp/B004TSFE28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454362308&sr=8-1&keywords=real+techniques+accent+brush

Eyeliner: MAC 266 http://www.maccosmetics.com/esearch?form_id=perlgem_search_form&search=266

Lip: Real Techniques Accent Brush http://www.amazon.com/Real-Techniques-RLT-1406-real-Starter/dp/B004TSFE28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454362308&sr=8-1&keywords=real+techniques+accent+brush

Concealer: MAC 231 http://www.maccosmetics.com/esearch?form_id=perlgem_search_form&search=231